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The show has served the youngsters well

CRICKET: Any schoolboy cricketer’s dream is to represent the country at the highest level and this show which has been existing over three decades has served the purpose of so many youngsters to achieve their ultimate goal. These were the sentiments of M.T.A. Rauff the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association with regards to the Sunday Observer/ Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Show.


M.T.A. Rauff, the Prefect of Games of Royal College and the Secretary of The Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association

It is a systematic climb to the top for a young aspiring cricketer as their first aim will be to win this prestigious award.

All cannot be winners, there are only two top categories namely The Schoolboy Cricketer Of The year (All Island) and Outstation. Of course there are two more categories that is the The Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer All Island and Outstation which is selected by votes.

This competition has been going on for the past thirty years which was previously sponsored by Warner-Hudnut and then Bata and whoever the sponsors have been there is no doubt that the recipients will be greatly encouraged for their cricketing future. The present ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle won on the first two occasions and most of the subsequent winners went on to represent the country.

Besides the main awards, there has been great emphasis laid in other award winners like Best Batsman (All Island/Outstaion), Best Bowler, Best Fielder, Best Team, Best All Rounder etc which gives the winners a terrific boost form their future. A good number of players who have won the Best Batsman and Best Bowlers awards have gone to represent the country at Test level. So this competition only caters to the winners of the big event, but also for the winners of other categories as well. M.T.A. Rauff, the Prefect of Games of Royal College and the Secretary of The Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association, has been in the school cricket arena for more than 25 years and he knows and is quiet familiar with most of the players.

He was also incharge of cricket during his tenure at D.S. Senanayake College and has played a prominent role in the selection process of this competition.

Pic: Susantha Wijegunasekera

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